Margaret Pestorius, Gimuy Peace Pilgrims.
I write this today on the 15th anniversary of the disgraceful invasion of Iraq. As predicted, war in the Middle East created unprecedented devastation.
“No parliamentarian – myself included – called for a general strike or any other mass collective action. We rallied, we marched, we protested and then we went home. I believe in the value of these actions, but they clearly are not enough when the power of the state is determined to act against the wishes and the interests of the community they are purportedly meant to serve.”
I ask: “Why can’t Australians think about resisting war and Australia’s increasing militarism?”
Is it related to the silence and denial we have wrapped around the wars of invasion on this continent?
I believe we must tell the stories of the Frontier – best we can. We must tell the stories of the the Land. And we must tell the stories of the many families and tribes and nations that suffered the atrocities of colonising warfare.
We need to build these real events in our minds: So we remember how war hurts people for generations to come; so we act decisively to stop it. Never again!
I’ve noticed that when we tell frontier war stories in partnership with Aboriginal people around the time of ‘ANZAC Day’, we also jam a spoke into the pervasive militarism that continues here. We disturb the manufactured ‘national narrative’ that overseas wars created this nation.
Join organised events in Canberra, Gimuy [Cairns] or Lismore.
Link with each other on social media using #FrontierWars #Sovereignty #LestWeForget
- In Canberra, The Aboriginal Tent Embassy will host the the Frontier Wars Story Camp 2018 culminating in the victims of war lantern ceremony and Aboriginal people with their allies joining the ANZAC parade.
- At Gimuy Cairns, The Gimuy Frontier Wars Ceremony, 6pm, 24th April at Wharf One
- In Lismore, Remembering and Healing offer “ANZAC with a Difference: A Different Compassionate ANZAC Day”
Tell us if you are organising a story telling event – even something small.
We look forward to seeing you and hearing about your events.
RESOURCES for Communities: Tell the Stories of the Frontier
A film documenting The Frontier Wars march on Anzac Day Canberra 2014
Gimuy Frontier Wars Ceremony
See also ABC news article about the map: New map plots massacres of aboriginal people in frontier wars ABC
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